It’s time to dust off the old Christmas worksheets and pull out the tatty decorations. I’ve rounded up some of the best stuff on the web in terms of worksheets, shows, interactive games and song
The English Language Space Station has some good lessons on Christmas http://www.englishlanguagespacestation.com/ESOL.htm#Festivals and Celebrations in the UK
There are some really good Christmas worksheets from bogglesworld.com http://bogglesworldesl.com/christmas_worksheets.htm
Jackie Lawson has some really great, free Christmas shows which I have been sending and showing to my students for years and years, they’re brilliant. http://www.jacquielawson.com/cards_christmas.asp
Some great shows are also avaliable from Katie’s Cards http://www.katiescards.com/ecard-category-christmas-7763.aspx?gclid=CM_0_MGP2qUCFccKfAodLXjTkg
Some great Christmas games here http://flashghetto.com/christmas
Watch as Father Christmas tells you what you will get for Christmas http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/home
Very funny dancing elf videos, you can upload your photo and watch yourself boogie at Elf Yourself http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/
Can’t be bothered to read the post – Click here for the lesson on Writing Cards
Sending cards is an enourmous business in the UK and the USA with the average person spending way too much time and money on them. There’s also a lot of social pressure to send and receive them especially at Christmas time. Who hasn’t been presented with a card for someone who is leaving the office, sick or getting married, and thought ‘I don’t know what to write!’?
It’s also pretty difficult for ESOL/EFL and second language English learners to write them to. I used this lesson with a group of pre-intermediate learners.
Here are the lesson stages
1. Ask the students to tell you when they last recieved a card of any description. Write a list of the cards they tell you about on the board. It might look something like this. Anniversary, wedding, congratulations, birthday, valentines, get well soon, sorry, condolences…
2. Pass out the sheet and have the students correct the mistakes then match the card messages to the people they are for.
3. Now ask students to write their own messages in response to the prompts. You could ask them to work in pairs or alone and could check the answers by getting to write on the board.
4. There are some really good electronic greetings cards on the net. You might like to show these to your students if you have an interactive whiteboad or projector.
Here’s a great list of academic antonyms to help you with your IELTS speaking and writing.
Lists are great, but how can you use them? Do you learn them? Do you just read them? What do you do? Read the advice below.
- Read through this list and circle 10-15 antonym pairs that you don’t know and learn them. Test yourself on them.
- Read through the list. Choose ten hard pairs you don’t know, print them off and stick them on your wall / toilet wall / fridge door – anywhere you will look, often
- Play a game with them like the awesome word frog game http://www.arcademics.com/games/frog/frog.html
- Play pelmanism. Choose ten you think are useful. Write them on small pieces of paper. Put them face down on a table. Now turn each one over and try to match the pairs.
If you live in the UK or the USA, the end of October means more little kids dressed as skeletons knocking on your door and screaming ‘trick or treat’ before you dish out the sweets.
Here’s an old favourite that I’ve used on Hallowe’en for many years. If you don’t want to make the first worksheet too easy, then cut off the bottom section so they don’t have the names of the halloween creatures to help them. It’s worth remembering that these monsters play a very big part in UK and US culture, so this might be a really good lesson for higher level students, especially when they have to discuss what the various monsters do.
Chatting about superstitions in the second worksheets is also very interesting and whilst some are the same the world over, others are very strange.
Here’s the lesson https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/halloween.doc
There’s another lesson on Vampires here:
and a lesson on Zombies here:
and if you like superheroes, there’s a lesson on them here:
Here’s another lesson for your ESOL, ESL or EFL students tapping the now mainstream interest in Vampires. Get the worksheet straight away by clicking here – https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/the-vampire-lesson.doc
Whether your students enjoyed the seminal video game Vampire: The Masquerade – bloodlines a few years ago or they enjoy The Twilight series of films or the TV shows True Blood or The Vampire Diaries, this lesson might be up their street.
Not everyone likes vampires, so I’d suggest you be careful with this one. Don’t use it with kids or those that are easily offended. Culturally, these kind of vampires are very ‘western’ and so if your students are not familiar with modern, American mythology then this probably won’t work. The Chinese have their own versions of vampires and so do a lot of other cultures…
There’s no special way to run the lesson, just follow the activities on the worksheet. There are broken lines around the worksheet so you can cut the sections up with a pair of scissors if you don’t want students to do it all at once.
Here’s the worksheet again – https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/the-vampire-lesson.doc
There’s not enough time!
If only I had more time…I could do better if I had more time. I need more time.
Slow down! There are no short cuts!
Academic reading tests are hard because they don’t give you much time. You need to be able to read faster! Here are three simple tips that will help you read more quickly.
1. Change your way of thinking.
If you want to succeed you will have to ENJOY READING.
Read something you like – do you like football? Aeroplanes? Video Games?
FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE TO READ!
2. You will only get better at reading if you READ!
Read 1 article a day for 15 minutes. Try this for a month.
You can find good, free articles here.
3. Learn to skim and scan
Reading techniques help you find information quickly.
Download our worksheet here.
For more help with academic reading. Check out Richard L King’s book Teach Yourself IELTS reading.
I’ve done no research on this and so, there is no way I can be sure that these are the top ten idioms used in English.
Adding idioms to your spoken language will make you sound more natural and more like a native speaker. But PLEASE DON’T use them all the time!
Choose two or three idioms that you like and remember them. Use them at the right time and don’t try to force them into every sentence.
1.g 2.j 3.a 4.i 5.b 6.h 7.c 8.d 9. f 10.e
Check out Richard King’s book for more help with your IELTS exams!